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    Ramadan staycation review: Terra Solis Dubai

    Sophia Dyer

    From chilled poolside vibes to an Iftar served among the dunes, the desert resort is the ideal escape from the city this month

    When thinking about booking a staycation during Ramadan, Terra Solis might not be the first resort to spring to mind. Brought to Dubai by the team behind massive music festival Tomorrowland, the desert resort is touted for its day-to-night party vibe. 

    However, putting a spin on this for Ramadan, Terra Solis is making the most of its serene location and offering guests a staycation with relaxation at the fore. 

    If you’ve not been already, the pool club turned glamping resort is located in Dubailand (which is roughly a 30-minute drive from Downtown Dubai). Making the most of its secluded location, the venue has a rustic and nature-focused design, while also paying homage to its parent festival with a large stage and dance floor. 

    Terra Solis sits within the Dubailand desert. Image: Supplied

    Visit during Ramadan though, and you’ll find the stage empty in favour of chilled poolside music. Sun loungers can be booked for the standard day rate and here you can enjoy the venue’s usual line-up of food and drinks, just sans live entertainment. Come 6pm though, the desert retreat switches the tempo. As the sun sets over the large swimming pool, the upbeat soundtrack is replaced with the soft strings of the Oud as Arabic music wafts through the air. 

    With poolside revellers taking this as their cue to leave, guests seeking an authentic Iftar experience begin to sit down amongst the dunes to break their fast. While the contrast may seem strange, the desert location means Terra Solis is almost the perfect venue for those seeking an al fresco Arabesque Ramadan experience. 

    A selection of mezze at Iftar. Image: Supplied

    Iftar is a three course meal priced at Dhs175 (per person). Sharing plates of traditional Arabic mezze and mains are delivered to your table at a leisurely pace. The cold mezze is a highlight with freshly made salads, creamy hummus and soft bread to scoop it all up with. For mains, guests can choose one dish each from chicken, lamb or meatballs and, for those who still have space, dessert is a platter of Arabic pastries along with a generous serving of fresh fruit. 

    Throughout Ramadan, guests can book an overnight package from Dhs900 (including Iftar and breakfast), depending on the level of comfort and luxury they’re after. The Polaris tents, which are large tepee style structures are the most affordable, but for those who prefer a little more ‘glam’ in their camping experience, the Perseid rooms and Orion Cabins are your best bet. 

    Perseid lodge. Image: Supplied

    Out in nature though the accommodation may be, each of the options has its own bathroom and soft bed with crisp white sheets just as you’d find in a regular five-star resort. With near silence your soundtrack by the time you retreat to your cabin, there’s a good chance of getting an interrupted night’s sleep. 

    Neatly positioned away from the city in a stretch of desert, Terra Solis marks itself as the perfect spot for Ramadan relaxation. Whether you want to laze on a recliner by the pool, settle down for an authentic Iftar or spend the night amidst the dunes, there’s a seasonal option for you. 

    Dhs175 (Iftar per person), Dhs900 (Polaris tent per night), Dhs1,500 (Perseid per night), Dhs3,750 (Orion Cabin). Until the end of Ramadan. Exit 29, Jebel Ali to Lehbab Road, Dubailand (04 456 1956).

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